Care of Famitsu is the news that .hack Versus, the PS3 title bundled with the Blu-ray version of .hack//Sekai no Mikou no, is in fact a fighting game. Little is known, other than screenshots that show a similar perspective to the Naruto fighting games (which CyberConnect2 also develops). The game/movie bundle will be released on June 28, priced at ¥7,140 with a limited edition at ¥10,500.
Good evening, folks! My kingdom for a newsman fedora, but the show must go on. At least until Deus Ex: Human Revolution lures me back in with its siren song. Goddamn but that game is hard to put down. Anyway, let’s get to the news:
- GameStop opens PC copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution to remove OnLive coupons. Square Enix, like everyone else, had forgotten GameStop sells PC games.
- MCV conducts a survey of games journalists about the industry, with some surprising consistency in their answers. Check the full thing out here, it’s worth a read.
- Steve Jobs vacates his position as Apple’s CEO, prompting everybody to panic before he can finish his sentence with “…but staying on the board of directors.”
- BioWare’s Greg Zeschuk gives an interview with VG 24/7; the internet hears ‘RPGs’ and ‘less relevant’ and takes it from there. Go Team Knee-jerk! (Full disclosure: I do mourn the absence of big-budget Baldur’s Gate-style RPGs.)
- EA and Starbreeze Studios may be developing a new Syndicate game. Somewhere, Peter Molyneux is feeling an unexplained pang of regret and loss.
- A Latitude Research survey attempts to dispel old myths about gamers, the .hack series gets a movie when they really need a (better) game, and more!
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CyberConnect2 confirmed that a 3DCG movie based on the .Hack series is in development, dubbed simply .Hack//The Movie. While little was revealed about the movie itself, Namco Bandai president Shin Unozawa added that the Blu-ray release will include “a small game” on a hybrid disc. While NB has made hybrid discs for other series, and .Hack has used a similar tie-in concept before, it is not currently known how, or if, the movie and the game will intersect.